Shara­pova should be pun­ished: 'clean guy' Nadal

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Rafael Nadal has de­fended his train­ing meth­ods and ve­he­mently de­nied he had ever used a banned sub­stance to get an edge or to speed up re­cov­ery from in­jury.

Nadal was at the In­dian Wells tour­na­ment dis­cussing Maria Shara­pova's failed drug test - "She should be pun­ished" - when he seized the op­por­tu­nity to scotch un­founded ru­mors that he had used per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

"I have never had the temp­ta­tion of do­ing some­thing wrong. I am very far from that, dop­ing," said the 14-time grand slam win­ner, who has been hard hit in re­cent years by in­jury.

"I am a com­pletely clean guy. I worked so hard dur­ing my ca­reer that when I get in­jured I never take noth­ing [banned] to be back quicker."

Through­out his tro­phy-laden ca­reer Nadal, 29, has been pe­ri­od­i­cally dogged by whis­pers of dop­ing. "I heard it a few times again about dop­ing from my per­son and I am a lit­tle bit tired with that," Nadal said, adding that he sees him­self as an am­bas­sador for ten­nis and wouldn't tar­nish his im­age as a role model for young play­ers.

"I be­lieve in the sport and the val­ues of the sport," the Spa­niard said.

"The sport is an ex­am­ple for so­ci­ety. It is an ex­am­ple for the kids and if I am do­ing some­thing that goes against that, I will be ly­ing to my­self, not ly­ing to my op­po­nents."

Nadal said over the course of his ca­reer he has taken ad­van­tage of some new treat­ments for his knee prob­lems, like stem-cell ther­apy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) ther­apy, of­ten known as blood spin­ning.

"I have been open all my ca­reer. I never tried to hide noth­ing that I did," Nadal said. "I did PRP and then I did stem cells.

"The first time with PRP it worked fan­tas­tic and the se­cond time it was bad. I had to stop play­ing ten­nis for seven months.

"And with stem cells I used it two times on my knees and it worked very well. I am not do­ing, never did, and never go­ing to do some­thing wrong." Nadal added there is a Span­ish team doc­tor who mon­i­tors what med­i­ca­tion the play­ers are tak­ing to make sure it is safe. "He has been the doc­tor for all the Span­ish play­ers for a num­ber of years. I would never take noth­ing that he doesn't know about," he said.

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